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O's open fast but fade late

NEW YORK — NEW YORK -- Someday, Lee Mazzilli will foil the New York Yankees.

Someday, he wont have to watch in silent horror as his former team parades around the bases. Someday, he might find an Orioles pitcher who doesnt tremble at the sight of pinstripes.

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Someday, its bound to happen, and judging from that exasperated look on Mazzilli's face, that someday had better come soon.

The Orioles looked poised to give Mazzilli his first victory against his former team last night, when they jumped out to a five-run first-inning lead. But that only added to the misery later, after New York came back to win, 6-5, before 50,502 at Yankee Stadium.

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After getting a three-run homer by Gary Sheffield and a bases-empty shot by Derek Jeter, the Yankees scored two runs in the sixth inning to take their first lead. Hideki Matsui tied the game with an RBI groundout, and Ruben Sierra put New York in front with a sacrifice fly as the Yankees made the most of their three hits.

Their bullpen turned in 8e Yankees kept working on DuBose. The fourth inning started with DuBose hitting Sheffield in the leg and Sheffield giving him the death stare as he walked to first. Posada drew a four-pitch walk, and Mazzilli, not pitching coach Mark Wiley, made a mound visit.

Eddy Rodriguez started warming up in the bullpen, but DuBose escaped the inning unharmed, when Palmeiro retrieved an errant throw from second baseman Brian Roberts and threw out Sheffield at the plate.


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